We posted a recent blog in respect of a change of policy concerning the right to work for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals who are also parents of Irish citizen children. As of the 28th February 2012, such persons shall not require an employment permit to work in Ireland.
A number of our clients who had applied for employment permits or who had applied to be registered as self-employed with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have received letters from that Department stating that they are entitled to work in the State without an employment permit. The letter also states that it should be both that Romanian/Bulgarian nationals and their Irish citizen child must be resident in the State as a family unit.
We have also been advised that our applications pending with the Department of Justice and Equality in respect of Romanian/Bulgarian parents of Irish citizen children shall be determined this week and we expect a similar letter shall issue from that Department authorising our clients to work without the need to apply for a permit.
We welcome the Minister’s approach to resolving such cases, which would have no doubt ended in litigation in respect of such person’s entitlement to work in the State. We shall advise our readers as to the Department of Justice and Equality’s precise position as soon as possible.